Miscellaneous correspondence of John Ruskin

Scope and Content

Contains: (1) 2 letters to Miss Gertrude Huish with envelopes, 1 dated 4 November [18]60; (2) 1 undated letter to Mrs Elizabeth Gaskell; (3) 1 undated letter about art to Mr R. Peyton

Administrative / Biographical History

John Ruskin (1819-1900), the author, artist, and social reformer, was born in London and brought up on strict puritanical principles. He entered Christ Church, Oxford, in 1836. In 1848 he married Euphemia Chalmers Gray, who divorced him in 1855. He defended the pre-Raphaelites in 1851 and became the first Slade professor of art at Oxford in 1870. In 1871 he moved to Brantwood, Coniston Lake, where he remained until his death from influenza on 20 January 1900. For a full account and assessment of his life and work see the Dictionary of National Biography

Access Information

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

The letter to Mrs Gaskell was purchased from Quaritch/Phillips on 3 December 1991


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